retention + hiring military vets

Discussion in 'Employment' started by americanlawn, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Joel D

    Joel D LawnSite Member
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    I was an 0811 ( Cannon Cocker) over on N St. in Camp Lejeune.

    Your are absolutely right about how civilians can't or won't accept Marine humor. I just had something happen the other day at the crossfit gym. Basically, I wasn't feeling the work out, and had some choice word about what I would rather be doing. The instructor looked like someone just kicked his mom in the face.
     
  2. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Silver Member
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    10th Marines???

    I was 2/8 Golf co on C st. We used to do patrols over by you guys a lot.

    There is no great thing than Marine humor! Whats best is the looks people give you....
     
  3. Middle Tennessee Lawn

    Middle Tennessee Lawn LawnSite Member
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    I enjoy looking over the job apps I have had 9 so far today 8 you could toss out immediate one I seperated for now. Very common for people to lie on applications they think us dumb old lawn care employers do not know how to fact check. One thing I dont like in TN is you cannot tell another employer the employee was fired. Only they worked such and such and there performance.
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  4. Middle Tennessee Lawn

    Middle Tennessee Lawn LawnSite Member
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    I forgot to tell this I have people ask for high starting pay but one asked for 36.50 hour and 3 weeks vacation
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  5. Joel D

    Joel D LawnSite Member
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    I was Tango Battery 5/10. They have disbanded them now though.
     
  6. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    It's the same here in SC, pretty much everywhere I think now, but the key wording they ask is "Are they rehirable'? if not, that's the same as they were fired for poor performance or some such nonsense, as a failed drug test or something. I'm a vet of ten years and came out as a SSG. shoulda went ahead and finished my twenty, young and dumb though. If you held a position of responsibility in the military it's hard to transition that over to the civilian world, unlike they advertise, it's just not the same thing.
     
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  7. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm ex military, 10 years.

    Here's why they won't last long:
    PAY.

    What do you pay your guys? let's say it's $14/hr for the basic guy.

    160 hours per month is $2,240.00

    you said most of these guys put in their basic single enlistment and got out.
    so lets assume a rank of E-4.
    Take the 82nd airborne guy.

    an E-4 base pay is $2215.00
    plus his jump pay $150.00
    Separate rations? $330.00
    Variable housing allowance? $600.00

    so you're falling a grand short of meeting the pay they are used to a month, not to mention they got paid year round in the military.
    then there is the copious amounts of TDY and combat/hazardous duty pay that they have become accustomed to.

    No offense to returning vets trying to get into the civilian market, but they have to get a grip on the reality of what civilian pay is, and it's not going to match their expectations, so they have to tighten the belt and get rid of the power ram they bought in fayetteville for 25% apr and buy a beater with a heater to get to work.

    This is going to take time for this adjustment to happen, during which time many will fall flat on their faces.
    PTSD, divorces, financial ruin and failure to adjust to civilian life are in their future.
    Been there, done that.


    It may be best some of these guys have just moved on anyway.
     
  8. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    the problem is, and something I had to learn the hard way, It's not about the civilians accepting your way of doing things, or what you think is right. It's never going to happen.... It's about you, coming to grips with your former service and adjusting to civilian life. If you continue to look down at the civilians as lesser, you will never reintegrate...and I've got news... we all are civilians now too.
     
  9. Joel D

    Joel D LawnSite Member
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    Easy there, man. I never said anything about being better than anyone. I just said they don't get the sense of humor that a lot of the guys develop when they are in the field pr in the desert all the time.
     
  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I was a 19K3X, Armor Drill Sgt for those that don't know what that is. It's not that you look down on civilians, because we all did, when you first came in the military remember how your DI looked at you? You were a pitiful lil civilian,, LOL. I remember those days like yesterday. fact is, your ordinary civilian is no match for a truly hardened soldier. I sent my share of mamas boys right back where they belonged, MAMA.The military isn't for everybody. Yet the reverse is true also, once that transition to hardened soldier is made, it's really hard to go back the other way, it was a real struggle for me like most guys. Sounds like the ones yall are running into are the ones that slipped through the system and probably shouldn't have even made it through basic.
     

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